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Seven Days is proud to announce that $6000 will be donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Vermont Restaurant Week. This popular event was presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union and organized by Seven Days, publisher of 7 Nights, the statewide guide to Vermont’s restaurants and bars.
“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of this annual event that supports our local economy and those in need,” said Bernard P. Isabell, president/CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union. “In addition to the business boost for local restaurants and food purveyors, this event also raised $6000 for the Vermont Foodbank, which will provide 36,000 meals for families throughout Vermont.”
There were several ways to donate this year. Texting the phrase “FOODNOW” to the phone number 52000 made a $10 donation each time. “Liking” the Vermont Federal Credit Union on Facebook contributed a dollar. All proceeds from the Sweet Start Smackdown, a dessert competition among 10 of the state’s most talented pastry chefs, went to the Vermont Foodbank as well as donations from the Salon, a meetup at Burlington’s New Moon Café with renowned author Barry Estabrook and food writer Marialisa Calta.
“This year’s record donation will help provide 36,000 meals for Vermonters in need of food help, and couldn’t come at a more important time,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “More than 1 in 7 of our neighbors struggles with hunger, and during the summer months, with an absence of free school meals, families find it even harder to make ends meet.” Sayles added, “To Seven Days, its readers, the restaurateurs, and all the sponsors — thank you for your support in the fight against hunger!”
Da Capo Publishing Inc., dba Seven Days, was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995. In addition to its award-winning publications, the company also produces two annual events: Vermont Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam, a job fair and tech expo. In 2000, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce selected then-5-year-old Seven Days as Business of the Year. Eight years later, the Burlington Business Association did the same, citing the company’s exemplary business practices, contributions to the community, and promotion of a positive image for Burlington, as well as business success.